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Beavers win big in Vegas

Las Vegas Bowl - December 17, 2022
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Las Vegas, NV - December 17, 2022. - Allegiant Stadium:The Oregon State University (OSU) Beavers celebrating after the 2022 SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl.

Oregon State defeated University of Florida 30-3 in the Las Vegas Bowl Saturday.

Oregon State played all their cards right in Vegas Saturday, trouncing Florida 30-3 at the Las Vegas Bowl. The Beavers end with a 10-win season for only the third time in program history.

Five different Beavers scored touchdowns in the win. Oregon State held Florida to just two yards in the second-quarter. The Gators kicked a field-goal with only seconds left in the game to prevent a shutout.

OSU Quarterback Ben Gulbranson, a redshirt freshman, was named the game’s most valuable player. He was 12/19 and threw for 165 yards and a touchdown. He also scored on a run. Deshaun Fenwick ran for 107 yards on 21 carries for the Beavers. Kyrei Fisher-Morris had 11 tackles.

The win comes just days after Oregon State renewed fifth-year coach Jonathan Smith’s contract for the next 6 years.

After the game, Smith spoke to the perseverance of his players, especially the seniors on the team, many of whom endured a couple of two-win seasons with the Beavers over the past five years. "It's a unique group. They've been through a lot, stayed around, stuck to the process, and really proud that they player led- this senior group led- one of the best teams around here in a long time," said Smith.

The only other 10-win seasons were in 2006 and before that in 2000, when Jonathan Smith was the Beavers’ quarterback.

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Las Vegas Bowl - December 17, 2022
Al Powers / ESPN Images Used with Permission
ESPN Images
Las Vegas, NV - December 17, 2022. - Allegiant Stadium: Ben Gulbranson (17) of the Oregon State University Beavers accepting the MVP Award after the 2022 SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl. (Photo by Al Powers / ESPN Images)

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